"Are you here to compete, or are you here because you feel you can win the tournament?" a journalist asked her after her straight-sets victory over Kristyna Pliskova on Tuesday. The 10 majors she's won since turning 30 are seven more than any other woman in history.
"All the mums out there that had a tough pregnancy, and had to come back and try to be fierce in the middle of everything, that's what this represents", she told reporter Jon Wertheim. I want her to know that I put her first in my life.
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On the day of comebacks, another former queens of tennis world, two-time Roland Garros victor Maria Sharapova, survived a mid-match slump to score a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp in a shade under two-hours. "Can she do it?"More news: Xbox Games With Gold Offers Assassin's Creed Chronicles and More in June
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Then came singles matches that actually counted, with two wins at Indian Wells, California, before a loss to Venus, followed by a first-round loss at the Miami Open on March 21.
"She's a genuine champion", Barty said. It was Williams who broke first for a 3-2 lead, only for Pliskova to return the favour and leave her illustrious opponent visibly frustrated. "She's so young, I don't really bring her".
The singles victor between Barty and Williams will play either German 12th seed Julia Goerges or Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck on Saturday for a place in the last 16.
Garcia, one of 10 French women in the main draw, the second most of any country after U.S. with 19, gave Duan her 13th defeat in 13 meetings against Top 10 players. Against players who were ranked higher than her at the time of the match (which includes all those No. 1s), Serena is a more robust 125-46. I always wanted to be a super hero, and it's kind of my way of being a super hero. "There's a lot of practicality in it but at the same time you can be sexy and stylish and trendy", Williams says, adding, "But not over the top". Her baby was born on September 1, and Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November. "A lot of people have really reached out, because they have so many similar stories, too". Love you all!' she tweeted.
"It's been a few years now and I think I'll have to use those experiences, both the good and the bad from that match", she said.